Established in 2008, the Rowville Institute of the Arts (RIA) is a full-time academic and Arts program that caters for talented aspiring artists. This unique program increases student engagement and improves student outcomes.
The curriculum is grounded in world’s best practice and caters for 5 specialist arts practices- dance, drama, media, music and visual arts. As well as engaging in a broad Arts program, RIA students also study a range of core subjects that include Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities and Italian.
RIA is distinguished by its use of Individual Pathways, Individual Learning Programs, 21st Century Learning and the creation and maintenance of individual digital portfolio.
Students’ Arts experiences are enriched in a variety of ways including Artists in Residence, workshops led by industry professionals, excursions and incursions. This focus ensures that every student in RIA has a rich, varied and meaningful experience that excites and motivates them to explore and extend their creative passions and talents. The school continues to build a culture of student performance and exhibition within the school, local and wider communities.
Students use and explore dance styles, dance elements and practices designed to develop technical skills, theoretical knowledge and an understanding of dance in context
The immersion program exposes students to a broad range of theatrical experiences, conventions and performance styles. Students explore theatre across time and culture and develop skills in characterisation, improvisation, expression, performance, interpretation of texts and script writing.
Media specialism enables students to develop critical and creative abilities and mastery of media tools. The students develop audiovisual literacy through the exploration of radio production, mastery of Photoshop, the display of images, digital photography, animation and video production.
Music specialism students develop expressive skills and the ability to convey feelings and thoughts artistically. An active contribution in curricula and extra-curricula ensembles, bands and choir promotes passion, creativity, self-discipline and confidence.
Visual Artists explore a variety of materials and art forms, the principles of design and the significance of art styles and artists over time. We encourage a spirit of experimentation and risk-taking that promotes creativity, innovation and independence.
Our dedicated staff
Teachers within the RIA program are all highly qualified educators and practising artists in their own right. Have high expectations of students and provide an environment in which students excel.
The Rowville Institute of the Arts aims to provide aspiring young visual and performing artists with the opportunity to develop their skills and creative talents in their chosen specialism whilst exposing them to a broad range of Arts practices and styles. RIA seeks to nurture and develop the creativity, passion and talents of its students.
Nourish imagination and creativity in its students.
Increase student achievement in both specialism subjects and targeted subjects across the broader curriculum
Increase student motivation to learn
Support and develop the skills of teachers to work collaboratively and creatively
Encourage links between different learning areas
Explore the efficacy of the visual and performing arts as a delivery mechanism across the curriculum
Provide Individual Pathways and Individual Learning Programs Support 21st Century Learning through the utilisation of technology and flexible learning spaces.